Norman Davies


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in Bolton, Lancashire, The United Kingdom
June 08, 1939

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Professor Ivor Norman Richard Davies FBA, FRHistS is a leading English historian of Welsh descent, noted for his publications on the history of Europe, Poland, and the United Kingdom. From 1971, Davies taught Polish history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) of the University of London, where he was professor from 1985 to 1996. Currently, he is Supernumary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. Throughout his career, Davies has lectured in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Poland, and in most of the rest of Europe as well.

The work which established Davies' reputation in the English-speaking world was God's Playground (1981), a comprehensive overview of Polish history. In Polan
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Europe

4.17 avg rating — 3,555 ratings — published 1996 — 21 editions
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Vanished Kingdoms: The Hist...

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Rising '44: The Battle for ...

4.15 avg rating — 1,243 ratings — published 2003 — 16 editions
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No Simple Victory: World Wa...

4.12 avg rating — 1,016 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
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The Isles: A History

3.98 avg rating — 848 ratings — published 1999 — 15 editions
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God's Playground: A History...

4.21 avg rating — 435 ratings — published 1981 — 7 editions
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God's Playground: A History...

4.29 avg rating — 370 ratings — published 1981 — 8 editions
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White Eagle, Red Star: The ...

4.06 avg rating — 302 ratings — published 1972 — 6 editions
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Heart of Europe: The Past i...

3.85 avg rating — 312 ratings — published 1984 — 10 editions
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Boże igrzysko: Historia Polski

4.16 avg rating — 167 ratings — published 2005 — 16 editions
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“It is indeed the duty of historians to stress the contrast between
the standards of the past and the standards of the present. Some
fulfil that duty on purpose, others by accident.”
Norman Davies, Europe

“One has to put aside the popular notion that language and culture are endlessly passed on from generation to generation, rather as if ‘Scottishness’ or ‘Englishness’ were essential constituents of some national genetic code. If this were so, it would never be possible to forge new nations – like the United States of America or Australia – from diverse ethnic elements.”
Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe

“The Fascist utopia, like that of the Communists, was false, and generated immense suffering. But there were those who dreamed it sincerely.”
Norman Davies, Europe

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